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Learning About Standard Area Rug Sizes

You have plenty of area rug choices to pick from that include different styles, shapes, and colors. However, before you start sorting through designs, think about one of the most important considerations: size.

Area Rug Sizes

The right size area rug ties all the elements of a room together and defines the overall mood. It does this by pulling together the various colors displayed in the room and anchors all the furniture sitting on it. To achieve this effect for your home, there are some basic rules to follow when shopping for the right size. Be sure to take note of the standard sizes of rugs. They may vary by a few inches, smaller or bigger, but the most common sizes, listed in feet, are:

  • 3 x 5
  • 4 x 6
  • 5 x 8
  • 7 x 10
  • 8 x 11
  • 9 x 12
  • Living Room: A Statement Rug to Unify Your Furniture 

    Think carefully about what size area rug you want for your living room space. Options that are 5 x 8 feet and 9 x 12 feet are the most popular choices for this space. For a small room, one in front of the sofa is best, but make sure it’s wide enough to cover the sofa’s length. With a larger living space, you can get away with using different common area rug sizes that help divide conversation areas. You may also opt for a bigger one that fits all of your furniture on it to create a sense of grandeur. Just be sure to leave enough space on it behind the furniture for people to walk.

    If you plan to place the area rug at the center of the living room, the distance from the edge to the wall should be the same on all sides. Allow at least two feet as a border to show off your hardwood or tile floors.

    Dining Room: Follow the Size of Your Table 

    Picking a rug for the dining room is very easy. Make sure it's a bit bigger than your dining table so the chairs always sit on it, even when pulled out from the table. Let’s say your rectangle dining table’s measurements are 3 feet x 5 feet. Get a rug that is at least 7 feet x 10 feet. This allows enough space for your chairs in any position. A tip before buying: pull out the chairs, leave them out, and then measure for the size beyond the seats. That’s the minimum size you should get as your floor area rug for placement under your dining table. 

    Kitchen: Small and Stylish, but Durable 

    The kitchen can be quite the busy place, but it doesn’t mean you should skimp on style. You want a rug here that keeps your feet comfortable even as you’re cooking meals and washing dishes. For a long counter, consider getting a runner that makes the kitchen feel more luxurious. Place one by the kitchen sink and in front of the stove to act as a buffer for fragile items that may drop. A rug that’s 3 x 5 feet or smaller should do. If you have a larger kitchen, try a round one at the center of the space. It helps unify all the elements in the kitchen, giving a more balanced look. If possible,  look for a polypropylene area rug because it is stain-resistant, easy to clean, and durable, perfect for the kitchen space. 

    Bedroom: Rugs That Give Your Feet a Soft Spot to Land 

    One popular way to position bedroom rugs is perpendicular across the foot of the bed pulled halfway under just before the nightstands. Placement in the bedroom requires extra material, but it makes the room feel more spacious and put together. If you want to place a rug this way, make sure it’s long enough so your feet have something soft to land on when you get out of bed. For example, with a queen-sized bed, an 8 x 11-foot unit offers enough space on each side of the bed and at the foot. A king-sized bed may need something bigger like one that's 9 x 12 feet. If you have a small bedroom, you can use accent rugs on one or both sides of the bed, such as a 4 x 6-foot or 3 x 5-foot selection. Just be sure the rug stops before your side tables. 

    Entryway: Lengthy Runners Make an Impression on Your Guests 

    It’s important to be picky with the entryway’s rug size since this is one of the first things guests see when they enter your home. The general rule is to use a runner that covers at least 75 percent of the entryway, using the exposed floor as a border. The amount of floor to leave exposed depends on the size of the area. If your entryway is large, get a runner that shows a bit more floor (two to three feet on both sides). For a smaller entry space, consider a rug that covers more of the floor to create the illusion of space. Runners come in different lengths, but the average size is 2 feet 3 inches x 8 feet. Look for multiple area rugs with matching patterns to cover a longer entryway. 

    Office: Indulge in Any Size You’re Comfortable With 

    You can be more flexible when it comes to your office decor. You might like a designer area rug that fits under your desk and chair to create a warm and comfortable space where you can work. Make sure there is enough space so your chair doesn’t drag over the edge. You may also position one perpendicular to your desk so that only the front legs of the desk sit on the rug. For this, you may need a bigger unit, such as a 7 x 10-foot one for a mid-sized office. If your office space is larger, place the rug at the center to give the room a foundation. 

    Outdoor Space: Set the Size According to Your Aesthetic Desires 

    Rugs can enhance the comfort of your outdoor space as well, and their size depends on the arrangement of your furniture. You can get one big enough to fit all your furniture. You may also get several outdoor area rugs to divide spaces such as the dining area and sitting area. Allow at least two feet of space after the table's edge so the chairs remain on the rug even when pulled out, like in your dining room.

    The most important thing to remember is that the area rug size that's best for each space depends on furniture placement. To help make the process easier, put a white tape outline on the floor where you want to place them. This gives you a visual of how they will look in the space. Once you measure these outlines and have the dimensions for each one, you can begin shopping for options with patterns and shapes that enhance your room's decor, making each space uniquely yours.